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    04-15-2013, 09:08 PM
Spring Grass!

Okay, so my horse Breeze is in a dry lot right now, there is little grass growing, because the snow is melting, and the horses are eating that. Overall, this pen is dirt and weeds. Now... the original plan was to turn the horses out to pasture in summer, after the new spring grass has come, and it is not so fresh anymore... but things have changed for Breeze...

I am bringing her in June, or maybe end of May (I am not sure, we haven't gotten things straightened out yet) but either way, I am bringing her to my work place, and she will be in an all grass pen. I do not want her to get founder, or colic or anything like that, so I would like some advice on how to get her ready to go from a dirt (well I guess muddy) pen, to a grass pen, and not have her get sick, or founder or anything.

The place she is at now, does not really have any grass anywhere yet, because of the snow, but how could I get her ready for this? Should I go and pick the little grass that is there, and give it to her, or should I just let it be, and hope she doesn't founder or anything like that.

Either way, she will be moved to a pen with fresher spring grass, rather then wait until it is not so fresh...

Please help!
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    04-15-2013, 09:12 PM
I would be hand-grazing her when she's at your place, and then stick her in a grazing muzzle when she gets to your work place.
    04-15-2013, 09:15 PM
Thanks, but I do not have a grazing muzzle, and right now, when I take her out, the only thing on her mind is walking, she will not graze yet, so I was thinking of picking the grass for her, and giving it to her, will that help?
    04-15-2013, 09:27 PM
You could, I suppose, but it won't be enough to get her used to all-day grazing. A muzzle is really worth investing in when you're making a huge transition like this.
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    04-15-2013, 10:15 PM
Id say a muzzle that will limit grass intake.

Serious you have grass in canada all ready heck nothing green around here yet just got 7 more inches of snow. I wish we had grass getting green.
    04-16-2013, 12:10 AM
I will see if my boss has one she could wear, if not, I will look for one to buy. And we are starting to get grass here, but it is not green yet, a lot of it is wet grass, but there are dry spots where I let her graze if she is being good (sometimes when I take her out of her pen, she will get nervous and spook at random things) but the snow is melting faster then we thought, so I would not be suprised if it started to turn green anytime soon.
    04-16-2013, 04:31 AM
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